Please notice that this review is about the third book of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and may include spoilers.
Though I planned to upload my english review of Heir of Fire at the same time as the german one, only now I found the time to write everything down what is needed to say about this novel. It took me almost two months to get through reading this book, which doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it.
Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Timesbest-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish. [goodreads]
Celaena has been send away. As Chaol has planned, she left the country letting the king think it were his orders to fulfill her job as his champion. Sarah J. Maas didn’t keep us waiting for too long to reveal her actual plans for this novel: Celaena is searching for salvation and how much her life und she herself is still worth living. This book is quite different concerning the plot and setting of the story. Maas is introducing a bunch of new characters who are chiming in into Celaenas life and turning it upside down.
“I wish you to become who you were born to be. To become queen.”
Celaena is sinking into depression. She is falling apart, bit by bit. And it seems like there is no way for her to find release out of her sorrow. The only thought that is letting her live through her grief is the depth she thinks she is owning to Nehemia. It’s getting increasingly difficult nonetheless by each day for her to keep on trying to live on while her friend is dead. She doesn’t believe that there is any sense in getting on with her live. Everything seems to be meaningless to her.
“Because she is dead!“ She screamed the last word so loudly it burned in her throat. „Because she is dead, and I am left with my worthless life!”
Sarah J. Maas was doing it again: She did her best performance in taking apart the human psyche and is showing us page by page how Celaena is going through her grief. Maas lets us take part in overlooking Celaenas soul during her process of getting utterly destroyed and close before getting to fare to an end becoming part of her healing process. The author has an incredible sense for showing the deepest and most vulnarable parts of Celaenas life without making her seem week. In the first book our lovely Assassin has been introduced as the bad-ass protagonist who can live through everything, has no fears whatsoever and as though that wasn’t enough she is making her look witty, funny and beautiful, too. In this book Sarah J. Maas defines the strength of Celaena in a whole new way and shares with us the most vulnurable moments of her life. I have been utterly impressed by the way Sarah J. Maas is using time and words to give Celaene the time she needs to get back together. More over she seems to be stronger to me than she has ever been by not dreading to show how much she suffered and that she has been still surviving her most awful moments of her live.
“Because I am lost,“ she whispered onto the earth. „And I do not know the way.”
During the previous books it was indicated what Celaena has been going through her earlier life before she has become an Assassin. Finally we are getting to know a lot more details about her past and secrets! It was really exciting to get to know more about Celaena and the reasons why she is who she is and what kind of person she has been before everything was crushing down. We get a feeling for why Celaena always seems to want to run away from everything.
“I claim you, Aelin. To whatever end.”
The tension of the novel is quite impressive. By using three different narrative perspectives, which are the one of Celaena, of course, Chaol and our lovely prince Dorian, the reading part is becoming fun. Now that our Assassin has left the kingdom it is extremely exciting to see how things are going on between Chaol and Dorian. Apart from the usual narrators we’ve got introduced to a new one who is making Celaena quite a competition in being a bad-ass protagonist. I don’t want to tell you too much about this person, but let me say this: She defines being ruthless and fearless in a way that will make you smile.
“You didn’t need a weapon at all when you were born one.”
By leaving the country for good it also means that Celaena is entering an area where magic still exists. So? IT IS GETTING SO FREAKING EXCITING! Is Celaena able to handle her magic? What kind of magic can she use? How is life going on at the other side? And the most important question: Why couldn’t magic stop the king from getting so dangerously powerful?
“He would see that world reborn, even if it took his last breath. Even if he had no name now, no position or title save Oath-Breaker, Traitor, Liar.”
The end is crushing down on us like fire. While through almost the entire book everything was mostly about the grief of Celaena and the process of healing and finding out about the sense of live and so on and so on… the end is exploding like we have been sitting in a sweet and innocent bubble during the entire time! The last few chapter are filled with suspense and leaving us with an incredible explosive end.
“All she knew was that whatever and whoever climbed out of that abyss of despair and grief would not be the same person who had plummeted in.”
Sarah J. Maas was doing it again: presenting a masterpiece of writing. Though the atmosphere is by far the most quiet one of this series, it was still impressive with its profundity and level of detail. The worldbuilding, the protagonists and the explosive ending were taking care of us not getting bored at all.